May 16, 2018
Erich Fear, Tariq Hammond, Tanner Jaillet and Colin Staub earned individual honors at the Denver Pioneers' 83rd Annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.
Fear was named Male Sophomore Student-Athlete of the Year for his exceptional work in the classroom with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average. The Winnetka, Ill. native and Finance major has made Dean's List and been named a Hornbeck Scholar for four (4) quarters. The Hornbeck scholar honors undergraduate students who, in a given quarter, have earned a 4.0 GPA while taking between 12 and 14 credit hours. On the ice, Fear has appeared in 26 career games with one (1) goal, one (1) assist and 16 penalty minutes.
Hammond was named Comeback Player of the Year after enduring a gruesome ankle injury during the third period of the 2017 National Championship game, undergoing two surgeries and returning to the lineup on Nov. 17 against North Dakota. Hammond finished the season with six (6) points (1-5-6), 14 penalty minutes and 26 blocked shots in 31 games. In his career, the Calgary, Alberta native logged 26 points and 87 penalty minutes in 125 games. He signed a professional contract with the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) after the season.
Jaillet was named team MVP after posting a 22-9-7 record, 1.88 goals against average, .928 save percentage and five (5) shutouts during the 2017-2018 season, earning Second-Team West All-American honors for the second-consecutive season. In the NCHC, the Red Deer, Alberta native boasted a 12-5-5 record with a league-leading 1.91 GAA, .928 save percentage, which ranked second in the conference, and four (4) shutouts. He finished his collegiate career with 135 games played, a school record and 82 career wins, tied for a school record. Jaillet's 2.04 career goals against average (GAA) tied a school record and his .925 career save percentage marked the third-highest in school history.
Staub was named Co-Sports Performance Athlete of the Year with Brittany Wilson (Women's Soccer). In his junior year, the Colorado Springs, Colo. native demonstrated outstanding dedication to his craft while recording 22 points (7-15-22) and four (4) penalty minutes in 41 games. In his collegiate career, the 5'11," 192-pound forward has 51 points (22-29-51) and 12 penalty minutes in 117 NCAA games.
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